Album Review: Wode – Servants of the Countercosmos

May 23rd, 2017 (UK); Avantgarde Music
LP (32 min.)
Black Metal


Only one year after releasing their acclaimed self titled debut album, English underground Black Metal act Wode are back with their second full length record.

On their debut album, Wode combined raw Black Metal with elements from the NWOBHM, Thrash and Melodeath and created a very bleak, cold sounding album.

On their new album “Servants of the Countercosmos”, Wode take what made their debut great and develop it further into a more interesting and versatile stylistic direction.
The album sounds less bleak than the debut, it’s a bit “warmer”, the Death Metal elements are a bit more prominent and the music generally is more diverse and progressive.

The music is still raw and aggressive with rousing riffs and drumming and relentless throat ripping vocals, but it is much more stylistically and compositionally versatile than the debut. The songs are on average shorter than on the debut, while the songwriting is more adventurous. This makes the album on the one hand more varied and interesting and on the other hand more coherent and compact, which I think is great because I found the debut album a bit “bulky” at times.

From the atmospheric intro to the acoustic guitar outro the album takes you on a highly entertaining and brilliantly written musical journey through everything we love about Black Metal (or extreme Metal in general).

If you liked the debut album, this record is an absolute must have for you. And if you are a fan of extreme Metal and don’t know this band yet, go and listen to this album.

This is one of the best Black Metal albums I’ve heard this year.

You can download this album for free from Bandcamp.

Visit the band’s official facebook page.